Mnt. Rinjani – part 1.

Day 1 of 4: Sembalun Village (1.150.m) – Sembalun Crater Rim (2.639.m).

A four day trek always starts with day 1. Starting at 1150 meter of elevation in Sembalun village, we walked up about 1500m of elevation in one day to the Sembalun Crater Rim. With my good friend Kate Crompton, who amazingly decided to join me on this big power endurance mission only a week before our adventure. Respect lady. It was tough.

Addy was our guide for the whole trek, joined by 4 more porters who are crazy skilled walking this trail on flip-flops and each carrying a bamboo pole with two baskets attached that balances off one shoulder. These hold all our food, cooking and camping gear for our group of 4 and guide. Kate, myself, Tenile, Jon & Addy. To see these guys walking like this was absolutely amazing.

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Pos 2 (Tengengean) at 1500m elevation. So far so good. Beautiful views and easy walking. The weather was great. Dry but not too warm.

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We had a lunch break at Pos 3 (Pada Balong ) 1800 m. After which we started a much steeper trail.

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After lunch and a rest, we continue to heading Sembalun Crater Rim (Pelawangan Sembalun) 2639M, walking time 3 hours including a prolonged steep climb. We camped the night at Sembalun Crater Rim.

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The end of day 1.

Around Ubud

The Campuhan Ridge Walk around Ubud, Bali. A wonderful walk with Melanie & Indigo through this beautiful and lush green scenery of temples, jungle, forests and rice fields.

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Bali, Indonesia.
June 2016.

Pentacon six TL.
FujiChrome Provia 400.

An old favorite

Visiting abandoned buildings is something I used to do a lot, but haven’t done in years. Revisiting an old favorite for the third time (Chateau MirandaWinter Camping) was an absolute treat. It was so nice to walk around this beauty, even though it’s state of decay is getting worse over the years. Especially the balustrades that made it’s staircase so special, have completely fallen to pieces.

It felt like a homecoming to walk around here again, and feeling so familiar, after so long. Maybe it’s time to start doing this again. I guess I once stopped visiting abandoned places because I thought I had already seen the most beautiful place I would ever see (this gorgeous thing, in my memory the amazing), and that every other place would not live up to it. But I have been missing the feeling you get when walking around an area you are not really meant to be, and where you can only imagine the history of the place before it was left to be forgotten. And apparently, I still enjoy taking photographs of these places, even if its a place I have seen often before. So let’s see if I pick up this old hobby of mine again in the new year :).

 

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FujiChrome Provia 400, Pentacon six TL.
Belgium, November 2015.

Mont Simonet, Fontainebleau

Two weeks in Fontainebleau, what bliss! Over the easter weekend we managed to avoid most major bouldering areas. Seen as easter weekend is an extremely popular weekend to go to Bleau for a lot of Europeans, the areas tend to get packed quickly which means standing in line for the problems… Which is why we ended up going to more secluded areas further away from the parking areas. I got to see some places I had not been to before. Like this area called Mont Simonet, very near to the popular Éléphant. What a beautiful place this is! It’s very peaceful and slightly shady place, and like the name already gives away: it is on a hilltop. I was on a restday myself so I managed to get a better look at the beautiful trees and rocks through the matt glass of my Pentacon.

FujiChrome Provia 400, Pentacon six TL
April 2014, France.